By Joshua Robinson –
As bonfire season approaches, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) wants to ensure celebrations are both fun and safe. Last year, WYFRS responded to 427 bonfire-related incidents.
WYFRS is committed to reducing the number of bonfire-related incidents for this year.
While we encourage you to celebrate, safety is key. Whether attending an organised event or having a personal bonfire at home, WYFRS encourages safety whilst celebrating through these following tips.
Whenever possible, consider attending organised events. They are coordinated with the support of local authorities and follow strict safety guidelines for a worry-free evening.
If celebrating at home, here are WYFRS’ top do’s and don’ts:
- Choose a safe location for the bonfire.
- Have a plan to control it.
- Keep family and friends a safe distance from the flames.
- Always have a bucket of water or garden hose nearby.
- If using sparklers, keep them away from children under five and handle them carefully.
- If buying and using fireworks, make sure they are from a reputable retailer and follow the enclosed instructions.
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Toby May, WYFRS Operational Lead, said: “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable bonfire season. We’d love to see you at one of the organised events happening around the region; but if you’re considering having your own bonfire and fireworks at home, make sure to follow our tips to keep you, your family and friends safe during this bonfire season.”
“Let’s make this time of year a blast but, most importantly, a safe one!”
Assistant Chief Constable Osman Khan, Gold Commander for West Yorkshire Police, said: “We want everyone in West Yorkshire to enjoy their bonfire celebrations safely and responsibly and will have an increased visible presence to provide reassurance to our communities over the Bonfire weekend.”
“Bonfire Night is historically one of the busiest nights of the year for the emergency services, and people are urged to consider this when calling us. Please use our online options where possible and only use 999 to report emergencies or where a crime is in progress.”
Last year, 37% of the incidents WYFRS responded to involved an injury. WYFRS is encouraging people to work with them to make this bonfire season injury-free.